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August 27, 2023

Best Barefoot Shoe Retailer - Voted By The Community | Golden Toe Awards πŸ†

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πŸ‘‰ This is post 10/11 of our Golden Toe Awards 2023 series.

Second to last but not least, we're thrilled to announce the winners of the πŸͺ Best Barefoot Shoe Retailer category. These innovative stores do more than just sell shoes; they build a community, leading the way to the barefoot movement.

Without any further introductions, here are the victors:

And the Winners Are...

πŸ₯‡ Cool East Market (Canada) - Rating: 9.73

πŸ₯ˆ Anyas Shop (USA) - Rating: 9.71

πŸ₯‰ Happy Little Soles (UK) - Rating: 9.50

Why They Won - Community Feedback

These nominees have not only racked up the votes, but they've also won our hearts, offering a standout barefoot shoe shopping experience our community loves!

πŸ₯‡ Cool East Market (Canada) - Rating: 9.73


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Customer Service
  • Knowledgeable and helpful staff
  • Quick service
  • Patient in explaining shoe types and answering questions
  • Generous with their time
  • Responsive, personal assistance
Quality and Variety of Minimalist Shoes
  • Wide range of styles and sizes
  • Transition-friendly for those new to barefoot shoes
  • Consistent restocking
  • Appreciation for specific style options, like Tabi boots and Xero Jessie sandals.
Personalized Sizing Advice
  • Assistances in select correct size based on individualized foot needs
  • Special attention to customers' foot health
Online Ordering and Delivery
  • Timely delivery
  • Easy return process
  • Convenient for those who aren't local
  • Efficient restock alert system
  • Personal delivery bouts by staff, exemplifying commitment to customer satisfaction
Physical Store Experience
  • Highly recommended to visit in person
  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Convenient location
  • Unique in offering barefoot/minimalist shoe options
  • Recognition of store's assistance in popularizing minimalist footwear in the area.
  • Good prices in reference to online orders
Suggestions &Β Improvements
  • Occasional stock issues and limited store hours.
Check out Cool East Markets Barefoot Shoe Selection ->


πŸ₯ˆ Anyas Shop (USA) - Rating: 9.71


anyas shop logo
Customer Service
  • Superb assistance with orders and exchanges, going over and beyond expectation.
  • Timely responses and helpful advice given through email.
  • Consistently praised for exceptional customer service and helpful staff, both in-store and online.
  • Special assistance and exceptional support during customs issues.
Quality and Variety of Minimalist Shoes
  • Shoes were reported to be of high quality.
  • Customers requested for more variety in shoe styles.
Personalized Sizing Advice
  • Consistently praised for accurate and helpful advice on shoe sizing.
  • Some negative feedback from an Australian customer who received incorrect sizing advice.
Online Ordering and Delivery
  • Speedy and reliable delivery praised by many customers.
  • Several users reported smooth international shipping.
  • Delight at being able to order products usually only available overseas.
  • Some negative feedback about confusing automated emails, particularly in relation to returns.
Physical Store Experience
  • Specific praise for a pleasant shopping experience in the store located in Iowa.
  • One user delighted with in-store event, praising personalized customer service.
  • Pricing considered fair by the majority of customers.
Suggestions & Improvements
  • Suggestions for more variety in shoe styles and sizes.
  • Several customers mentioned their intention to continue purchasing and recommending products.
Check Out Anyas Shops Barefoot Shoe Selection ->


πŸ₯‰ Happy Little Soles (UK) - Rating: 9.50


Happy Little Soles logo
Customer Service
  • Consistent praise for the excellent, helpful, and friendly service provided by staff.
  • The customer rewards program and loyalty scheme were appreciated.
  • Voters found the staff very responsive to queries and problems, and were particularly impressed with the quick and easy problem-solving related to faulty or incorrectly sized shoes.
  • Several voters have been returning customers for years, showing high satisfaction and loyalty.
Quality and Variety of Minimalist Shoes:
  • The community appreciated the informative website (especially for those new to minimalist shoes) and the wide selection of barefoot shoe brands for adults and children.
  • Some voters missed seeing summer barefoot walking boots or shoes for wobbly and uneven terrain.
  • Quality of stocked shoes was praised, particularly the brand Be Lenka.
  • Several voters noted their happiness with the range of quality product offerings.
Personalized Sizing Advice
  • HLS size standardization is well-received, with customers loving the fact that they can trust the fit.
  • Size recommendations provided by the website were found helpful because brands can vary significantly.
  • The foot measuring device sold by Happy Little Soles was found invaluable by voters.
Online Ordering and Delivery
  • Many voters found the online ordering process easy, and delivery was often described as quick.
  • Several of the community expressed delight at the frequent sales, discounts, and the reliability of the service.
  • Pricing was found reasonable and fair.
  • Happy Little Soles' point-based loyalty scheme was appreciated for offering discounts and perks.
Suggestions & Improvements
  • A few voters suggested improvements to the website, especially around speed and functionality.
  • More options for summer barefoot walking boots or shoes meant for uneven terrains were requested.
Check Out Happy Little Soles Barefoot Shoe Selection ->‍

What's Next?

The climax of the Golden Toe Awards is closing in as we edge closer to the grand finale! With the πŸͺ Best Barefoot Shoe Retailer winners unveiled, we're all set to announce the most-awaited category πŸ… Best Barefoot Shoe tomorrow. You wouldn't want to miss that, would you?

Stay tuned, follow our Instagram page, and watch our space for more updates. And let's not forget our fantastic giveaway! The winners will be announced soon after the Golden Toe Awards winners, setting the stage for a double celebration!

We're grateful for your exuberant participation and your support of the barefoot footwear community. Your votes, your enthusiasm, your stories – you make the Golden Toe Awards come alive!

Before signing off, we'd like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to: Let's also take a moment to appreciate our amazing brands: Barebarics, Be Lenka, Cool East Market, Deliberate Life Designs, Earthing Moccasins, Feelgrounds, Freet, Fullsoul Runningpad, Geniale Sandals, Iguaneye, Kyrgies, PaperKrane, Shapen Barefoot, The Last Shoe Maker, Tomar Creation, Xero Shoes, and Zlatush.

Your generous contribution to our giveaway has made our Golden Toe Awards journey even more rewarding and vibrant!

See The Winners Of Other Categories

πŸ… Best Barefoot Shoe ->

πŸƒ Best Barefoot Road Running Shoe ->

πŸ”οΈ Best Barefoot Trail Shoe ->

πŸ₯Ύ Best Barefoot Hiking Boots ->

πŸ₯Ά Best Winter Barefoot Shoe/Boot ->

πŸ‘ž Best Barefoot Dress Shoe ->

πŸ‘Ά Best Kids' Barefoot Shoe ->

🩴 Best Barefoot Sandals ->

πŸ‹οΈ Best Gym/Training Barefoot Shoe ->

🌱 Most Sustainable Barefoot Shoe Brand ->

πŸͺ Best Barefoot Shoe Retailer ->

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